Here is the story of Rachel, who is a single mother from UK.
You can read more from her at Always Sparkling, where she blogs about her acne story and her journey on Roaccutane.
Please tell us about yourself.
I am Rachel, 29 and I currently work for Social Work Services as a Family Support Worker.
I earned my Degree in Childhood Studies in 2007. I am a single parent. I also run my own business doing Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos.
Developing Acne: When did you start developing acne? How did you feel about it?
I developed acne as a Teenager when I was about 15 / 16. My mum took me to the doctor who put me on the pill which helped my acne for years, yes I got the odd breakout but nothing too serious.
I went off the pill when I was 22, and my acne just appeared within a month. This was serious acne which devastated me.
I became more isolated and stopped going out. I was put on Roaccutane for a few months and went back on my pill and this helped.
I then stopped the pill when I fell pregnant and had great skin throughout my pregnancy and while breastfeeding for 18 months.
Then it all came back as severe cystic acne, very painful. The pill did not help, therefore I am now back on Roaccutane. I am on my 3rd month, and my skin is still breaking out so far, but hoping it will clear up soon.
My friends and family have been supportive throughout.
Did you follow a particular treatment to get rid of acne?
Currently taking 20mg daily of Roaccutane (called Accutane in the USA).
Have you experienced any side effects of Accutane?
The side effects of Roaccutane are quite severe, and a lot of consideration needs to be taken before going onto this medication.
I currently have very dry skin, hair and especially lips. I am suffering from headaches at the moment and still have acne.
Advice for others: What should others do to prevent acne?
Severe cystic acne in my late 20′s is very different, and I have tried the pill for many years, every possible external product I can find. I even try to find very natural beauty products to help and continue to try and have make up free days.
Everyone’s skin is different and it is about learning about your own skin and what suits it. Remember, skin changes all the time, so recognize when to try new things.
Parting words for the readers…
Keep your head up and don’t let acne ruin your whole life – find what works for you as an individual.